31 Days of Character Building: Simple Builder Door Upgrade


Welcome to Day 18 of my 31 Day Series Building Character.




 This post is all about how we gave our stock grade doors a personality.   Here is what they looked like before...




 (Before)

Replacing the trim was one of the first projects we tackled in our home.  We removed all of the thin builder grade trim and baseboards and replaced them with pine boards. We did this throughout the entire house for a cohesive look. 


It helped to tie together all of the different custom molding treatments we have going on.


We wanted the trim to be thick, have a few knots, and a bit of a rough texture for character-building purposes.  Pine is perfect for this. Our home needed a little rusticity to balance out the new materials like the shiny black granite.


We used 1 x 6 boards for the top of the doors and the baseboards. 1 x 4 boards were used for the vertical door trim pieces. I painted all of the interior doors on the main level black (Martha Stewart ~Silhouette) to contrast with the white trim.

   ***Tip:  When working with pine boards, it's important to use flat, straight boards.  When you are purchasing your material, be very picky.  Lay it all out on the floor to make sure it lays perfectly flat and it is not warped.***

Pine is very economical {cheap} therefore, it's not perfect.  A good sanding and priming are essential.




As a final touch, all of the brass door knobs were replaced with black knobs.  




Thanks for stopping by.  See you tomorrow!


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43 comments:

  1. Love the trim, and I've been thinking about painting my interior front, back and pantry door...
    So want too. We shall see...
    Thanks for the tips and inspiration!
    xo

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  2. i LOVE this!!! I've been looking at black interior doors for a while now trying to decide if they would look right in our house :) but I really do love it!! thanks or sharing!

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  3. I Love this whole series! I am so excited that it is only day #18!!

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  4. I never thought about painting our interior doors black, but after seeing yours I just might do it.

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  5. Our front door is black on the inside and I'm really loving your black doors with the lovely trim. Such a pretty entry. I'm off to see more of your 31 days posts.

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  6. I'm back and I'm now following. I don't want to miss a post so I'm putting your blog in my sidebar.

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  7. I LOVE these posts! Cant wait to see what the other 13 are :) Great work!!!

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  8. Where did you find such a beautiful hall tree?

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  9. did you prime your door when you painted it??

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  10. Did you use the same trim around your windows?

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  11. The black doors are very elegant & look fabulous next to the painted pine trim. I love this look!

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  12. Stunning and beautiful!! Where did you get the coat rack?? Love it all!!

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  13. So beautiful!! Where did you get the curtains? Must have them!! : )

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  14. Beautiful!! Where did you get the curtains? I must have them!! : )

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  15. Please Please tell us where you found that hall tree! I must have one!

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  16. Thanks! The hall tree is from Ballard Designs. The drapes were a DIY project. Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Did you paint both sides of the inside doors? Or did you leave the other side white?

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  18. Other than the black pain, what materials did you use on the doors?

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  19. This looks awesome! I love it! Can't wait to update our plain old townhome! Would you tell me what color paint is on your walls? I seriously love it! Is it throughout your entire house? I can't wait to paint all of my white walls!

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  20. Did you paint all of your interior doors black?

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    1. She posted the color of the doors above, it's "Silhouette" by Martha Stewart.

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  21. I love the wall color! What color is it?

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  22. What kind of paint for the doors? (flat, eggshell, enamel or not?)Thanks! Beautiful!

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  23. I love the wall color too! Care to share? Thanks so much!!

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  24. LOVE your doors, did you spray your doors or hand paint them? Also, what finish did you use, Satin?
    thanks!

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  25. LOVE your doors, did you spray your doors or hand paint them? Also, what finish did you use, Satin?
    thanks!

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  26. When you replaced all the trim around the doors, I assume you also replaced your baseboards. If so, did you use the same 1x4s with a quarter-round along the bottom to transition to the flooring? Any trim along the top of the baseboards, or are they just the flat top of the 1x4? Thanks!

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    1. Hey Carrissa, We used 1X6 pine boards for the baseboards, no trim along the top, just quarter round along the floor. :)

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  27. Where did you find the Keep Calm and Carry On tote bag? My first DIY project inspired by YCC will be the whitewashed brick fireplace. I have long refused to paint my brick fireplace and wall because I wanted to keep the industrial look. Now I can keep the look and brighten my family room! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, cowgirlpal, I made the tote. Best of luck with the fireplace. :)

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  28. What finish paint did you use on the doors? Satin, enamel? Thanks!

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  29. Is the coat rack a dig project? I love it!

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  30. I really love that hall tree but I dont see it offered at Ballard Desgins. Not in the latest catalogs or online...anyone have other ideas on hall trees like this one??:)

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  31. love the doors!!!painting mine this weekend What brand and color of paint did you use?

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  32. I've had the picture of your front door area pinned for a while and trying to find a clock like the one you have above your door... do you remember where you bought it?

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    1. Hi Rebecca, the first clock was from Walmart. When it died, I replaced it with the Grandiose Clock from Pier One. Hope that helps! Best, Sarah

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  33. I love the black interior doors! I'm wondering if you changed the brass door hinges as well as the door knobs? Or did you just leave them?
    Thanks :)

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    1. Hi Sarah, I did not change the hinges. Thanks Sarah

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  34. For those of you looking for a similar coat rack, I found this one: http://www.amazon.com/Home-Office-Solutions-Entryway-Espresso/dp/B00G3YFYHQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1391285473&sr=1-2&keywords=Tower+Shoe+and+Coat+Rack. It's temporarily out of stock on amazon right now, but maybe it'll come back in stock soon? There is a brown and white one as well though, which are in stock now. ; )

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  35. The coat rack is super cute! did you build it?

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  36. The coat rack is super cute; did you build it?

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